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MISSOURI SNAPSHOTS Photographers focus on Missouri State Parks for third annual contest by Jason Jenkins hen was the last time you visited a Missouri state park or historic site? If you haven't been in a while, let us tell you - you're missing out. For the past three years, Rural Missouri has teamed with Missouri State Parks to bring you the Missouri Snapshots Photo Contest. Even in that short period of time, a lot has happened. Just this year alone, the Show-Me State was named the "Best Trails State" by American Trails, a national, nonprofit organization working on behalf of the nation's hiking, biking and riding trails. Your state parks offer nearly 1,000 miles of those trails. To celebrate this distinction, the parks joined with Gov. Jay Nixon and First Lady Georganne Nixon to promote the 100 Missouri Miles program. Thanks to their efforts, Missourians got off the couch and logged more than 1 million miles. Hiking isn't the only state park activity. Camping, paddling, biking, swimming and fishing are just some of the opportunities that abound in the parks. CAPTURE Never camped before? No problem. Through the parks' "Learn2" programs, you can gain the skills you need to make your outdoor experience more enjoyable, including camping, hiking and kayaking, just to name a few. With more than 145,000 acres to explore at 87 state parks and historic sites in every corner of the state, Missouri State Parks offer family fun and adventure that's both close to home and affordable. They provide the perfect muse for a photography contest - and our readers couldn't agree more. This year's edition of the contest featured six categories, including one exclusively for youth age 17 and younger. More than 1,000 photos were entered, both as prints and online using the website, Flickr. In November, judges selected semifinalists in each category. From these, the final 18 winners - which appear below and on the next three pages - were selected. The remaining semifinalists can be viewed in a photo gallery inside our digital edition. THE BEAUTY 3 RD 2ND "This contest is a great opportunity to see Missouri's state parks and historic sites through the eyes of our visitors, including the youth that enjoy our trails, educational programs and campsites," says Bill Bryan, director of Missouri State Parks, a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. This year's entries provided some great examples of the features to enjoy and fun to be discovered in Missouri State Parks." Each first-place photographer wins a Missouri State Parks Getaway Package that will be tailored to the winner's recreational interests. Valued at $500, the packages include lodging, meals and a state park activity. Second- and third-place photographers each receive a $100 and $50 Missouri State Parks gift card, respectively. Youth winners also receive gift cards. Learn more about Missouri State Parks online at or call 800-334-6946. 1st: "Ha Ha Tonka Panorama" by Larry Strong, Marshfield. The Webster Electric member first visited Ha Ha Tonka State Park in 1988; he says it's his favorite place to go. Many will recognize the dead tree that stands along the trail leading up to the castle. 2nd: "Feather" by Cheryl Sloan, Cameron. Hoping to catch a glimpse of some Canada geese goslings, the Platte-Clay Electric member took her grandkids to Wallace State Park this spring. While they found no birds, Cheryl snapped this photo of a goose feather. 3rd: "Twisted" by Mary Crist, Columbia. While on a Memorial Day camping trip to Mark Twain State Park, this dead cedar tree along the bank caught Mary's attention. 1 ST JANUARY 2014 19

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - January 2014

Rural Missouri - January 2014
Healing on horses
Gut instinct
Out of the Way Eats
For the birds
Missouri Snapshots
Hearth and Home
The company behind the meter
Around Missouri

Rural Missouri - January 2014